What is PCF?

PCF is an independent partnership between public and private sectors in New Zealand and other Pacific Island countries.

It aims to strengthen partnerships in both the public and private sectors, sharing knowledge and expertise to promote prosperous businesses and communities in the Pacific.

PCF operates with core values of:
- Supporting the Pacific
- Honesty and integrity
- Speed to action
- Respect, honour, and reciprocity
- Being close to the heart of the matter
- Nurturing and maintaining relationships

Our Patron

Governor General of New Zealand

Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy

Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy

The newly appointed Governor General of New Zealand takes over former Patron at PCF, His Excellency Lieutenant General the Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae.

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Our Board Members

Nicole Metzger - Chairperson

Nicole Metzger - Chairperson

Nicole was appointed Chairperson of the PCF Board in 2018 and was initially appointed to the PCF Board in 2009. Nicole has over 30 years experience in private sector business into the Pacific Islands, specialising in fresh fruit and vegetables.

Nicole is currently the Managing Director of South Seas Exports, part of the NZ Hothouse Group.Prior to her position at South Seas Exports, Nicole owned and operated South Seas Produce for 10 years.Nicole sold South Seas Produce to the NZ Hothouse Group in 2015 and now looks after the Group exports to Asia, North America, Australia as well as the Pacific Islands. Nicole’s previous roles include Pacific Manager for Turners & Growers/ENZA.

Nicole has strong family connections to Kiribati.

Dr Brook Barrington

Dr Brook Barrington

Brook Barrington is Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Brook joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 1990 and held a variety of roles both within New Zealand and offshore. He left MFAT in 2009 to take leadership positions in the wider public sector.The first part of Brook’s career in MFAT was spent advancing New Zealand’s trade policy interests. He worked across government and the private sector, and had postings to Canberra and Brussels. The later part of his time in MFAT was more focused on political and security issues, including as Foreign Policy Advisor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and as Ambassador to Thailand for three years.From 2009 until 2012 he was Deputy Secretary, Policy and Planning in the Ministry of Defence, where he led the development of the 2010 Defence White Paper.

Brook has recently held two Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) roles at the Ministry of Justice.

He was initially the DCE Sector (2012-2014) with a particular focus on improving alignment and governance across the justice sector (Ministry of Justice, NZ Police and Department of Corrections).

During 2014 he moved to the DCE role responsible for the overall management of the day-to-day operations of the Ministry of Justice, ensuring the Ministry has the strategy, governance, engagement and capability to deliver its core services effectively and efficiently.

Brook holds a PhD in history from the University of Auckland.
Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone

Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone

Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone has nearly 25 years experience working with Pacific communities in New Zealand in a number of roles, including her current position as Chair of the Wellington Community Trust, a philanthropic organisation that provides community grants to a wide range of groups.

Of Samoan heritage, Gerardine spent large parts of her childhood growing up in Samoa. She has an MBA and completed an executive programme at Harvard Business School as part of an Aniva Fellowship.

Gerardine joined the PCF Board in 2018 and is excited to be contributing to the wider Pacific region in this role.

Fiso John Fiso ONZM

Fiso John Fiso ONZM

Fiso John Fiso is a respected education professional with a strong set of skills and knowledge in facets of effective teaching, public speaking and educational leadership. He has extensive governance and executive management experience, both in education, health and economic development sectors. John's extensive experience includes board membership of Ako Aotearoa, Volleyball NZ, Chairman of ITENZ - the Independent Tertiary Education providers of NZ, board positions with the Pacific Business Trust, CEO of New Zealand Institute of Sport, Chairman of Fiso Investment Group and Chairman of the NZ College of Massage. He is an alumni of Otago and Victoria Universities and brings significant experience to PCF.

Rohit Reddy

Rohit Reddy

Rohit is the Managing Director of Reddy Group and has been instrumental in broadening the group's strategic investments into different sectors and regions.

He has extensive experience in hotel and real estate investment, private equity, and finance.

Rohit graduated from the University of Auckland in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and a Bachelor of Commerce.

His previous work experience includes working as a solicitor for Simpson Grierson, a leading law firm in New Zealand, and American International Group (AIG), in Auckland.

Rohit is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rohit is also an alumni of the OPM course at Harvard Business School.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson has extensive management experience, with a career spanning more than 35 years. Andrew has worked and travelled extensively and has overseen a number of Beca’s infrastructure development projects throughout the Pacific. He was the General Manager of Beca International Consultants Ltd, a New Zealand-based company formed for the delivery of international work for the Beca Group. Beca is New Zealand’s leading international engineering and related consultancy services organisation, specialising in the design and management of projects throughout the Asia Pacific Region. Mr Wilson was a Director of Beca’s International companies and was responsible for its overall international business and the development and implementation of a wide range of projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. He has extensive management experience, with a career spanning more than 35 years.

Andrew has worked and travelled extensively and has overseen a number of Beca’s infrastructure development projects throughout the Pacific. He joined the PCBL Board as the shareholder (PCF) appointee in May 2018.

Our Team

Craig Strong

Chief Executive Officer

Craig will lead the PCF team into a new era with his extensive private sector commercial management experience in New Zealand and Fiji. Craig joined PCF in late 2017.

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Linda Kaua

Programme Development Manager

Linda Kaua is PCF's Programme Development Manager and brings to PCF her passion of seeing Pacific people, communities and businesses realising improvements in their well-being and operations.

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Sabrina Tian

Executive Manager

Sabrina has been with PCF since May 2014 - she is our administrator extraordinaire!

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Maria Fuata

Senior Accountant

Maria is an experienced accountant and has worked with PCF since June 2016.

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Suzanne Suisuiki

Marketing and Communications Manager

Suzanne is the Marketing and Communications Manager at PCF, and joined the team in May 2018.

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Cathryn Laban

Programme Administrator

Cathryn has an extensive background in business administration, customer service and event management in public and private sectors.

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Fipe Salabogi

Administration Officer

Fipe is the Administration Officer at PCF and joined the team in May 2018

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Promoting prosperous businesses and communities in the Pacific